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11 September 2023

Yussef Dayes Releases Debut Solo Album ‘Black Classical Music’

Yussef Dayes Black Classical Music
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Yussef Dayes has released his much-anticipated debut solo studio album Black Classical Music, out now via the revered Brownswood Recordings, Warners and Cashmere Thoughts.

Buy Black Classical Music.


Black Classical Music is a 19-track opus. At every turn, his distinctive drum licks and Rocco Palladino’s bass are the sturdy anchors; aided by Charlie Stacey (keys/synths), Venna (saxophone), Alexander Bourt (percussion), and a whole host of honourable features including: Chronixx, Masego, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Elijah Fox, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority Black and ethnically diverse musicians.

The first single and title track Black Classical Music ft. Venna and Charlie Stacey was an incredible opening statement and entry point to this new chapter, accompanied by a video directed by longtime collaborator Barka, who also designed the album artwork.

The next piece of the puzzle to be shared was Rust featuring long-time friend and collaborator Tom Misch, a welcomed meeting of minds between the two musical stalwarts. Marching Band and Tioga Pass followed, the former featuring vocal and instrumental contributions from esteemed Jamaican-American singer Masego and the later featuring Bass-virtuoso Rocco Palladino.

The penultimate single to be shared from the album was the evocative and heartfelt track The Light featuring voice notes from Yussef’s infant daughter Bahia Dayes. The final single, shared yesterday was Pon Di Plaza featuring Grammy nominated Jamaican singer and prolific collaborator Chronixx, famed for his works alongside Joey Badass, Major Lazer and more.

Yussef Dayes will also be performing at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on 12 October, as part of his world tour.

Yussef Dayes plays the following dates:


3rd Oct – Brighton @ Concorde II
4th Oct – Cardiff @ Tramsheds
6th Oct – Bristol @ SWX
7th Oct – Manchester @ New Century
8th Oct – Edinburgh @ Liquid Rooms
12th Oct – London @ Royal Albert Hall SOLD OUT


16th Nov – Brooklyn @ Warsaw
17th Nov – Boston @ Royale
18th Nov – Philadelphia @ Union Transfer
19th Nov – New York @ Irving Plaza
21st Nov – Detroit @ El Club
22nd Nov – Chicago @ Thalia Hall
24th Nov – Atlanta @ Variety Playhouse
25th Nov – Charlotte @ Neighborhood Theatre
26th Nov – Nashville @ City Winery
28th Nov – Seattle @ The Showbox
30th Nov – Portland @ Revolution Hall
2nd Dec – Berkeley @ UC Theatre
3rd Dec – Los Angeles @ Fonda
4th Dec – Phoenix @ Crescent Ballroom
6th Dec – Denver @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece
8th Dec – Miami @ Oasis Wynwood
12th Dec – New Orleans @ Tipitina’s
13th Dec – Houston @ Rise Rooftop
14th Dec – Austin @ Empire garage
15th Dec – Dallas @ Studio At The Factory
17th Dec – Minneapolis @ Fine Line.

Buy Black Classical Music.


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